Former Arsenal legend Marc Overmars says his love for club remains

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The Dutch maestro spent three years in North London under Arsene Wenger between 1997 and 2000.

Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars has described the love he still has for his old club, almost 17 years since he left North London.

The Dutch maestro told the club's fanzine, via the offcial website both he and his family still support The Gunners, as well as stating he tries to visit London Colney at least once a year to meet with his former boss Arsene Wenger.

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Making the switch from Ajax in 1997 for a fee reported to have been £5.5 million by TalkSport, Overmars won the League and FA Cup double with Arsenal in 1998, scoring 25 goals in 100 appearances for the North Londoners.

The Dutch international then made a joint move with teammate Emmanuel Petit to Barcelona in July 2000 for fee of £32m, as per BBC Sport.

During his three seasons at Highbury, Overmars was a hit with his speed and technical ability. Despite leaving the club for the Catalan giants however, the club still has a place in his heart for the former player.

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	Arsenal's Marc Overmars scores the winning goalPremiership Pic : Nick Potts / Action Images Arsenal's Marc Overmars scores the winning goal

Overmars told arsenal.com: “I still love Arsenal and that is the same for my wife and two children. We follow them, we support Arsenal and we also try to visit the training ground once a year to have coffee with the boss or Steve Bould.

“I like traditions and I have respect for the club. That’s why if we go back to visit Arsenal, it gives us a good feeling. When you stop playing you want to have achieved something."

Due to ongoing knee issues that had blighted his career, Marc Overmars was forced to retire from club and international football in 2004 whilst with La Blaugrana.

Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars and former footballer Edwin van der Sar (R) in the standsAjax Director of Football Marc Overmars and former footballer Edwin van der Sar (R) in the stands

After appearing in Jaap Stam's testimonial, he was then persuaded by boyhood club Go Ahead Eagles in his native land to play again, before the same knee injury forced a permanent hanging up of the boots.

Since retiring from fully senior football in 2009, Overmars is now director of football for Ajax. He still has fond memories of life in England however, particularly with Arsenal.

"The joy I had as a footballer to play in the Premier League was [also] a highlight", states Overmars. "It gives you so much pleasure.

I will always say to the young players here that where you will enjoy football the most is in England."

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